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Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/01/15

Yazidi leaders, including the group's supreme spiritual leader, meet Pope Francis at the Vatican (AP)

Yazidi leaders told Pope Francis about the plight of “almost 5,000 Yazidi women reduced to slavery by ISIS” during an audience yesterday.

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga has said he is “ready to die for his flock” in response to death threats by a Central African Republic militia leader.

Fr Samir Khalil Samir SJ urges his Muslim friends to “engage in self-criticism, imagine another Islam for today’s world, [and] reinterpret the words of the prophet”.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi says Pope Francis is a great communicator because he uses coordinate clauses.

Austen Ivereigh replies to Australian Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan’s criticisms of his papal biography The Great Reformer.

R R Reno deplores Maureen Mullarkey’s “overdrawn and ill-tempered” critique of Francis.

And the official hymn of World Youth Day Kraków 2016 received its premiere in the Polish city this week (listen).

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